Purely In The Abstract
May 28 - July 21, 2019
“We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us.” – Marshall McLuhan
Artists have been experimenting with their tools for as long as someone has stood in front of a wall or canvas and chose to make a mark. What kind of mark gets made, how the tools deliver that mark, how the artist wrestles the material – are decisive factors in the final work.
Justin Neely, Kylin O’Brien and Jeffrey Kurland have different strategies for their work and the techniques they’ve developed. While these artists have full studio practices with multiple disciplines, Purely In The Abstract gathers select pieces that can challenge our ideas of beauty, complexity, mark making and color.
The work by Justin Neely was created on an iPhone with the Brushes Redux app. All the digital possibilities are inherent in the artwork – infinite scale, precise control, millions of colors – while the daily ritual of making and posting allows musicality, rebellion and poetry to emerge. Kylin O'Brien approaches her work from a place of ancient symbolism, natural and supernatural systems, transformative energy and physics – and like a prism somehow renders meditative, enveloping and elegant canvases. Jeffrey Kurland over the last 10 years developed his own technique of applying paint using acrylic films and substrates, producing work on canvas and paper that while harmonic from a distance, shock with their complexity as you look closer.
Justin Neely is an artist, technologist, editor, writer and translator. His visual art practice includes acrylic and oil painting, pen and ink drawing, and digital painting on desktop and mobile platforms. Neely's artwork has been exhibited in gallery shows in New York, Berlin, and Toronto. He recently created more than 300 original digital paintings and distributed them daily on Instagram, using the platform as an open sketchbook, forum and gallery.
Kylin O’Brien is a multidisciplinary artist, Feng Shui consultant and Reiki healer. She holds degrees in Philosophy from Vassar College and in Art and Design from Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK, where she was awarded an associate lectureship while pursuing graduate studies. She has participated in numerous exhibitions and has had solo exhibitions in New York City at Feature INC Gallery, Open Source Gallery and with ChaShaMa.
Jeffrey Kurland has been making art and showing in New York City since 1976. The painting process he uses involves making dry acrylic skins or films and transferring the paint to canvas or paper with acrylic medium. A new means to explore expressive color, paint handled this way is a synthesis of painting, printmaking, and collage techniques.